Explaining why he supports President Donald Trump, rapper Kanye West said that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign did not resonate with him as a man and that “there was something” about donning a “Make America Great Again,” or MAGA, hat “that made me feel like Superman.”
“I love Hillary. I love everyone, but the campaign ‘I’m with her’ just didn’t make me feel — as a guy … it was something about this hat that made me feel like Superman,” famed musician Kanye West said of his MAGA hat while discussing masculinity, the economy and his brand pic.twitter.com/T06Z5tOSIU
— POLITICO (@politico) October 11, 2018
West added that Trump is on a “hero’s journey.”
“Let’s stop worrying about the future, all we have is today,” West said, a nod to his own presidential ambitions. “Trump is on his hero’s journey right now. He might not have thought he’d have a crazy mother-f***r like me [supporting him].”
West’s appearance, an already contentious one during which he delivered an often rambling soliloquy praising the president, was savaged by critics.
Political commentator S.E. Cupp observed that West, whose mental health punctuated by erratic behavior has often come under scrutiny, was “clearly not okay,” and wanly stated that the president is “willing to exploit” West’s condition for personal gain.
Sad. @SECupp said it best about the Kanye-Trump meeting: "That was really sad. I think you had there a man who's clearly not okay, and a president who's willing to who's willing to exploit that." pic.twitter.com/JuadQFMxkH
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 11, 2018
Others also weighed in.
Between Melania Trump calling herself "the most bullied person in the world" and Kanye West describing his MAGA hat as "a Superman cape" today I feel like I'm up to my eyeballs in boiling bullsh*t.
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) October 11, 2018
— TellingItLikeItIs (@No_Filter_Zone) October 11, 2018
Overheard in the White House press room after reporters left a rambling Oval Office pool spray with President Trump and Kanye West: "Working here is officially insane."
— Andrew Restuccia (@AndrewRestuccia) October 11, 2018
After decades of insisting celebrities shouldn’t get involved in politics, conservatives are now like “OMG Kid Rock and Kanye West are at the White House!” They can front all they want, but we see how desperate the right is for celebrity attention.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) October 11, 2018
There were many other comments West made which left political commentators and members of the public alike scratching their heads in disbelief (psychologists have suggested he suffers from bipolar disorder):
- ON TRUMP: “This is our president, he has to be the freshest, the flyest, the flyest planes, the best factories and we have to make our core be in power.”
- ON THE THIRTEENTH AMENDMENT, WHICH FORBIDS SLAVERY: “Why would you keep something around that’s a trap door? If you’re building a floor, the Constitution is the base of our industry, of our country, of our company. Would you build a trap door that if you mess up and accidentally something happens, you fall and you end up next to the Unabomber? You got to remove all that trap door out of the relationship.”
- ON THE UNIVERSE: “I think the way the universe works is perfect. We don’t have 13 floors, do we?”
- ON LIBERALS: “One of the moves I love that liberals try to do ― a liberal would try to control a black person with the concept of racism because they know we are a very proud, emotional people.”
“He’s been a terrific guy,” Trump told reporters of West. “You know, he loves what we’re doing for African-American jobs, for so many different things. Median income, as you see, at an all-time high. Poverty level at the best rate — meaning the lowest rate so far. And Kanye is a smart guy. And he sees that.”
West earned a certain infamy after he criticized then-President George W. Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina and the government’s failure to help victims of the disaster, saying, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
The irony is, of course, that West is praising a president who is currently being criticized for his decision to host rallies around the country hours after Hurricane Michael made landfall, decimating communities in the Florida Panhandle.